Seamers miss a date on the GABBA
CRICKET: Central Queensland Seamers have missed out on a gig at the Gabba early next year after it lost the Bulls Masters Country Challenge semi-final against a powerful Mackay in Mackay late yesterday.
After a seven wicket loss against Cricket Far North on Friday night, Seamers rebounded in superb fashion with wins against South East Queensland and Wide Bay on Saturday.
But the hosts were simply too good after they batted first to make 9-139 in the T20 format competition.
The CQ side was in trouble from the outset and lost Gladstone players David Heymer and Jason Seng for two and one respectively to be 2-8.
Wickets fell regularly as the men from Mackay secured a GABBA grand final berth against Cricket Far North which beat North Queensland in the other semi-final.
Seamers beat South East Queensland and Wide Bay on Saturday with the latter a thrilling match.
Chasing Wide Bay's 8-130, the Seamers were seemingly out of the contest after losing wickets from being 4-116 in the 18th over.
Heymer (four runs) and Gladstone's Sam Lowry, who made 36 runs, were back in the shed while Seng made a handy 22.
It came down to Lachlan Hartley to hit the winning single with just one ball to spare.
Seamers coach Jason Wells said the team always believed when it mattered most.
"The game ebbed and flowed and we got a wicket at important times when Wide Bay batted,” Wells said.
Ben Milne, Joe McGahan and Seng claimed two wickets each for the CQ side.
"We batted calmly and were two down needing eight runs an over, but managed to get there in the end,” Wells said.
Heymer starred with 55 runs in CQ Seamers' eight-wicket win against SEQ and his Gladstone team-mates Seng and Lowry were among the runs.
Youngster Logan Whitfield took his first wicket for the CQ team and was on a hat-trick and finished with three wicket, McGahan snared two while Seng chipped in with one.
Meanwhile the domestic season commences this weekend with round one of the newly-formed Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge.
BITS and The Glen will join the Rockhampton-based competition.
Game 1: CFN 3-113 d CQ Seamers 10-108 by 7 wickets
Game 2: CQ Seamers 2-123 d SEQ 10-122 by eight wickets
Game 3: CQ Seamers 6-131 d Wide Bay 8-130 by four wickets
Semi-final: Mackay 9-139 d CQ Seamers 10-76 by 63 runs